Viroscience news (89)
February 28, 2020
How Disease X, the-epidemic-in-waiting, erupted in China
Marion Koopmans, Erasmus University Medical Centre: This is a new disease, it’s threatening to the world, it’s socially disrupting, and we need to come up with ways of detecting it, controlling it, treating it, preventing it on the fly – to me, that is a Disease X
February 28, 2020
Q & A about coronavirus with Marion Koopmans
Virologist Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC was a guest with us. Viewers could ask her questions about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). You can look back at the question session here. (in Dutch)
February 27, 2020
KNAW: Video registration about the new coronavirus
Coronaviruses generally cause mild respiratory infections in humans. However, we also know the SARS and MERS variants, which cause serious diseases. On Friday 21 February 2020, the Academy organised a meeting on the new coronavirus.
February 27, 2020
Preparing for the Next Pandemic: The Emerging Infectious Disease Threat
Emerging infectious diseases are relatively little understood. Their periodic, unpredictable outbreaks can quickly transform into global pandemics, as was the case with SARS and avian influenza. They tend to be zoonotic (deriving from an animal source), infect thousands of people at a time, engender significant fear and panic, and have high mortality rates, which is frequently because the public infrastructure to diagnose, prevent and treat them is lacking. Newer examples of these diseases include MERS and Ebola, both of which are RNA viruses with the ability to mutate from one outbreak to the next, making them that much deadlier.
February 6, 2020
Dutch bats infected with 2019-nCoV?
Are bats in the Netherlands also infected with 2019-nCoV? Based on genetic research, the # 2019-nCoV is most similar to #coronaviruses found in specimens of a type of horseshoe nose (Rhinolophus affinis) sampled in Yunnan province, #China. This bat species is widely distributed in South and Southeast Asia, but not in Europe.
January 30, 2020
Erasmus MC conducts research on coronavirus
Virologists from the Virology Department work closely with the WHO. Prof. Marion Koopmans and Dr. Bart Haagmans participate in the WHO virologists group – in which virologists from all over the world are affiliated. The virology department has – if necessary – tests available to determine whether someone has the coronavirus.
January 17, 2020
VEO: 15 million for development early detection system for infectious diseases outbreaks
“Our ambition is to revolutionize our ability to detect and analyze outbreaks of emerging disease at a much earlier stage than currently is possible, thus allowing time to respond rapidly to seriously curtail their impact,” says prof Marion Koopmans, head of department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC Rotterdam, and coordinator of the VEO project. The project started January 1st 2020, and will receive funding for 5 years.
November 8, 2019
A new twenty-first century science for effective epidemic response
With rapidly changing ecology, urbanization, climate change, increased travel and fragile public health systems, epidemics will become more frequent, more complex and harder to prevent and contain.
October 17, 2019
Mini symposium “Zoonotic disease emergence: lessons learned and future directions
Tuesday November 26, 2019 Time: 09:00 - 12.00 Mini symposium "Zoonotic disease emergence: lessons learned and future directions"